AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

 The story of AppLovin‘s acquisition has taken another turn. We first reported that the mobile ad startup was in acquisition talks in August of last year, and the announcement came a month later: AppLovin would sell a majority stake Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital. Today, however, CEO Adam Foroughi revealed that the deal is (sort of) off. Instead of an outright… Read More

Source: Tech Crunch Mobiles | AppLovin scraps acquisition and takes debt financing instead

Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless' mixed reality headset

Those rumors of Apple making an augmented reality headset just got a little more fuel. TechCrunch sources say that Apple has acquired VRvana, a startup that crowdfunded (but hasn't shipped) a unique camera-based AR and VR headset, the Totem. Unlike…
Source: Engadget | Apple buys the creator of a 'seamless' mixed reality headset

Wu-Tang Clan member goes after pun-loving dog walkers

Not everyone likes a pun, especially RZA.

The Wu-Tang Clan member, otherwise known as Robert Diggs, is taking legal action against a Brooklyn dog-walking company for violating the hip hop group’s copyright with their name, reports the The New York Daily News.

Woof-Tang Clan, which operates out of Brooklyn, has been accused of using an appropriation of the Staten Island group’s name and logo.

Diggs has owned the “Wu-Tang” and “Wu-Tang Clan” trademarks since Feb. 24, 2009, but Woof-Tang Clan filed for its own trademark on June 8, 2017. According to recently filed court papers unpacked by the Daily News, Diggs says this is a violation of his registered trademarks, and that the group’s name and logo have been “unmistakably associated” with the group since the 1990s. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Wu-Tang Clan member goes after pun-loving dog walkers

FCC Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms

  1. FCC Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms  New York Times
  2. How the FCC’s move on net neutrality could impact consumers  Fox News
  3. The FCC revealed its plan to repeal net neutrality. It could change how we use the Internet  USA TODAY
  4. FCC’s next step on net neutrality: Blocking the states  Politico
  5. The net neutrality farce: From the start, the concept has been based on a flawed foundation  New York Daily News
  6. Full coverage

Source: Google News | FCC Plans Net Neutrality Repeal in a Victory for Telecoms

Olympic champion Aly Raisman hopes drawing attention to abuse will be her greatest legacy

  1. Olympic champion Aly Raisman hopes drawing attention to abuse will be her greatest legacy  USA TODAY
  2. Gabby Douglas says she was also abused by gymnastics doctor  CBS News
  3. US Olympic Gold Medalist Douglas Says Doctor Sexually Abused Her  U.S. News & World Report
  4. Being a celeb doesn’t make victim shaming okay  Times LIVE
  5. Gabby Douglas says she was among sexual abuse victims of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar  OCRegister
  6. Full coverage

Source: Google News | Olympic champion Aly Raisman hopes drawing attention to abuse will be her greatest legacy

With Punishment of Braves, MLB Shows it Won't Tolerate Flouting of International Rules

  1. With Punishment of Braves, MLB Shows it Won’t Tolerate Flouting of International Rules  Sports Illustrated
  2. Former Braves GM John Coppolella banned for life by MLB after investigation into international signing violations  New York Daily News
  3. Braves’ punishment frees up ‘phenom’ prospect Cardinals could chase  STLtoday.com
  4. MLB Removing Prospects From Braves  Baseball America
  5. Full coverage

Source: Google News | With Punishment of Braves, MLB Shows it Won't Tolerate Flouting of International Rules

Google's latest Pixel feature is your first look at the future of search

One of Google’s most powerful new features is finally rolling out to Pixel phones.

Google Lens, the company’s intelligent camera software that can analyze the world around you, is now rolling out to Google Assistant on Pixel phones. Announced earlier this year, Lens is one of the company’s most important new products as it offers an early look at what the future of search will look like for Google. 

Though Google Lens has been available within Google Photos since the Pixel 2 launched, this update, which is rolling out “over the coming weeks,” marks the first time the feature has been available outside of Google Photos. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Google's latest Pixel feature is your first look at the future of search

Stephen Colbert just had to make fun of that Australian crocodile attack politician

Trust Stephen Colbert to get his hands on the weird things happening in Australia.

This time, the focus is on Australian politician Bob Katter, who you might’ve seen around on the internet with his seriously bonkers change in mood, swiftly changing the subject from marriage equality to crocodile attacks.

“I can’t wait for Katter to weigh in on gay adoptions,” Colbert joked. Yes, politics Down Under is often this mad, folks. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Stephen Colbert just had to make fun of that Australian crocodile attack politician

Twitter user trolls ‘Breitbart’ in one genius move

Breitbart thought it had nailed a joke about the impending end to net neutrality. Then it was owned by the Twitter user it retweeted.

With the Federal Communications Commission set to stop treating the internet as a public good, opening the door to telecoms granting different types of access to websites depending on whether sites pay a premium or not, everyone is weighing in.

One dark net neutrality joke about the alt-right news site Breitbart as the only site with video capabilities picked up some steamBreitbart noticed and retweeted it, adding its own unnerving spin. Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Twitter user trolls ‘Breitbart’ in one genius move